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DOT/PHMSA RIN: 2137-AF26 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: +Pipeline Safety: Enhanced Emergency Order Procedures 

PHMSA issued an interim final rule (IFR) that established regulations implementing the emergency order authority conferred on the Secretary of Transportation by the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016 or Act). These regulations are mandated by the PIPES Act of 2016 and establish procedures for the issuance of emergency orders (restrictions and prohibitions) to address unsafe conditions or practices posing an imminent hazard. The purpose of these requirements is to improve PHMSA's existing enforcement authority to allow us to respond immediately and effectively to conditions or practices that pose serious threats to life, property, or the environment. The next planned action is to finalize the interim final rule.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 190   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. sec. 60117(o)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  The PIPES Act of 2016, which amends 49 U.S.C. sec. 60117, requires the Secretary of Transportation to issue a temporary regulation no later than 60 days and a final regulation no later than 270 days.  08/22/2016 
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/14/2016  81 FR 70980   
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/14/2016 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  12/13/2016 
Final Action  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ahuva Battams
Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-3627